Described as a 'former senior trades union official with nuclear industry connections', he was appointed to the NIA in July 2002.  For over ten years Cooper was both Joint General Secretary of Prospect and Chairman of the Electricity Supply Trades Union Council. He was also Chairman of the Trade Unions for Safe Nuclear Energy.
- Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, NDA Biographies, Tony Cooper, archived in Wayback Machine web archive 1 January 2006, accessed February 2009, accessed 10 September 2012
- Tony Cooper Commissioner, NDA website
- Debretts, Tony Cooper, undated, accessed 15 October 2012
- Nuclear Decommissioning Authority Annual Report & Accounts 2011/2012, accessed 16 July 2012